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Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia and The Stafford Foundation Volunteers Build New Home in Northern Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Falls Church, Va.: Volunteers from The Stafford Foundation will help Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia continue to build a single family, 3-bedroom home on Douglass Avenue in Falls Church, Va. on Saturday, Apr. 5 from 9AM-3PM. This will be Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 81st new home built since 1990.
Volunteers from The Stafford Foundation’s partner, Carpenter’s Shelter of Alexandria will participate in the building day. The Stafford Foundation is partnering with teams from the nonprofit organizations that contributed to the foundation’s “People’s Inaugural Project” in 2009.
Last month, The Stafford Foundation teamed up with Central Union Mission to work on the home, and in May, N Street Village will participate.
“The entire team learned a lot working with Habitat for Humanity and its Sand Lot crew,” said Earl W. Stafford, founder and chairman of The Stafford Foundation. “Our entire team read about the family who will be occupying the house, and was able to work alongside the husband and wife and get to know them. It gave everyone a sense of deep satisfaction knowing that they were helping a family in need.”
In addition to providing volunteer labor, The Stafford Foundation also contributed more than $50,000 to Habitat NOVA during the past year. This partnership underwrites the cost of home building, allowing Habitat NOVA to keep the price of the home affordable for the first time home buyer.
“The Stafford Foundation’s commitment to our mission of providing affordable home ownership makes a direct impact on the lives of the family that will live in the home, but also will make future projects possible,” said Rev. Jon Smoot, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia.
“It is a very satisfying and rewarding experience to work with Habitat for Humanity, and encouraging to see so many people giving their time selflessly,” Stafford said.
Virginia is the 9th least affordable state, according to the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, whose data show average rents in Fairfax of $1,500 for a two-bedroom apartment. The data highlights a growing need for affordable housing, with renters needing to earn $60,000 to be able to afford a 2-bedroom apartment.
About Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s unique model of affordable housing is focused on home ownership. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable. Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia (Habitat NOVA) was founded in 1990, and to date has built 80 homes, rehabilitated 4 homes and repaired 20 homes, benefiting more than 400 people. As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NOVA serves the counties of Fairfax and Arlington and the Cities of Falls Church, Fairfax, and Alexandria. More information is available at www.habitatnova.org.
This single family, 3-bedroom home will be Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia’s 81st new home built since 1990. Habitat homeowners secure a no-interest mortgage, while the non-profit secures corporate sponsorship, in-kind donations, and volunteer labor to make the home affordable.